Tools Beyond Quercus
USE OF ALTERNATIVES TO INSTITUTIONALLY SUPPORTED LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
This resource collection supports the directives of existing University of Toronto policies, guidelines and basic principles to be considered in decision-making regarding use of online learning environments.
The University’s Policy on Information Technology provides that “The introduction and deployment of new information technologies must be aligned with the University’s mission and academic plan and the plans of the academic divisions. The design and implementation of new technologies should facilitate the enhancement of the curricular and co-curricular experience of students, and the teaching, research, and administration of the University.”
The range of online tools for teaching and learning that many faculty use or wish to use in their courses continues to expand. Recognizing the University’s mission to facilitate the enhancement of the curricular and co-curricular experience of students, and the support of teaching, research, and administration, there are many considerations when deploying new tools in this context. This guide to decision making will address the following questions:
- What are the advantages of using the institutional LME as a foundation or primary environment for online learning?
- When would one consider options or alternatives that go beyond the institutional LME?
- If a division is hosting an alternative platform or using the services of a third party, what security and accountability considerations are involved?
- If a faculty member wishes to use social media, third party and/or cloud-based technologies to enhance a course, what steps can be taken to reduce risk and ensure the security of student data?